12 Empowering Quotes for the Fight Against Breast Cancer

12 Empowering Quotes for the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Uplifting inspiration for women and families battling and beating breast cancer.

By: Maressa Brown

It doesn’t have to officially be Breast Cancer Awareness month to raise awareness about battling the disease that affects about 1 in 8 American women (just over 12 percent). Nor does it have to be October to find inspiration from and for breast cancer survivors. Here, 12 quotes about survival from those who know.

1. “When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.” –Kay Yow, head coach of the NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team, 1975-2009

2. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." – Eleanor Roosevelt

3. “I feel so fortunate and grateful to be a survivor of breast cancer. I see it as a gift. I know it sounds strange. But I don’t think I would have grown without that experience.” –Olivia Newton John, actress

4. “Telling my children was the toughest part. But that's when you get strong, because you have to be strong for other people.” –Amy Robach, Good Morning America anchor

5. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” –Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post

6. “It drove home, personally, the value of early detection and education and intervention.” –Janet Napolitano, former secretary of homeland security

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7. “Having cancer does make you try to be better at everything you do and enjoy every moment. It changes you forever. But it can be a positive change.” –Jaclyn Smith, actress


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8. “I’m stronger than I thought I was. My favorite phrase has been ‘This, too, shall pass.’ I now understand it really well.” –Robin Roberts, Good Morning America anchor

9. “The goal is to live a full, productive life even with all that ambiguity. No matter what happens, whether the cancer never flares up again or whether you die, the important thing is that the days you have had you will have lived.” –Gilda Radner, comedian

10. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” –Helen Keller, author and activist

11. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” –Winston Churchill, former prime minister of the UK

12. “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” –Dr. Seuss, writer and cartoonist

What’s your favorite inspiring quote?

Maressa Brown is a senior staff writer for The Stir. She loves writing about and reading up on health/fitness, relationships, and pop culture -- preferably on a beach somewhere.

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